What you need to know about ALS Courses

ALS (Advanced Life Support) courses offer advanced medical care in cardiac emergency situations and are a critical component of medical training for healthcare professionals in Australia. Cardiac arrest scenarios are a major concern in emergency medicine, but these courses are designed to teach medical professionals the necessary skills and knowledge to manage deteriorating patients and provide advanced medical care in cardiac emergency situations.

If you are thinking about doing locum work in Australia, it is vital to look into enrolling in ALS courses early due to limited course availability. The majority of jurisdictions will only accept GP locums or permanent GPs with ALS2 certification and Medrecruit advise to focus on completion of only ALS2.

ALS 2 / Advanced Life Support Course: ALS 2 / Advanced Life Support Course: The ALS2/ALS course is a 2-day course aimed at healthcare professionals who are expected to use advanced skills in managing deteriorating patients and cardiac arrest. Ideal participants include critical care doctors, nurses, and paramedics in resuscitation/medical emergency teams.

It covers a range of topics, including advanced resuscitation skills, leadership, and team management of life-threatening emergencies, including cardiac and respiratory arrest, airway management, use of advanced medical equipment, arrhythmias, post-resuscitation care, and end-of-life decision making. The course also includes a structured ABCDE approach to recognising and managing deteriorating patients.

Are ALS courses cross-recognised in Australia?

The ALS courses are cross-recognised in Australia. In Australia, all co-badged ALS training courses are regulated by the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) and are cross-recognised by the RC (UK), New Zealand Resuscitation Council (NZRC) and the European Resuscitation Council (ERC). The ARC and RC collaborate to provide standardised adult life support courses with the same evidence-based resuscitation guidelines and skills.

Where can you take ALS courses?

ARC-approved and certified course centres offer adult ALS courses in all of Australia, ensuring consistent, high-quality content and standards. The courses include lectures, interactive workshops, and practical skill stations with clinical simulations. All instructors are ARC-credentialed and follow a prescribed training and development pathway in order to be registered by the ARC.

The best way to find course date information in your territory is using the ARC’s online resource at www.resus.org.au. If you’re looking for an online course assessment, read into the Crana ALS Online course.

Patient outcomes: How ALS training translates to improved patient care

Advanced Life Support (ALS) training equips healthcare professionals with the skills necessary to manage patients in the critical first hour of acute illness. This type of training has been associated with improved patient outcomes, particularly in the context of cardiac arrest, stroke, and other life-threatening emergencies.

Firstly, ALS training improves the response time in emergency situations. Prompt intervention is often the determining factor in patient survival and recovery. With the knowledge and skills gained from ALS training, healthcare providers can quickly recognise the signs of a critical illness and initiate immediate treatment, thereby reducing the risk of severe complications and improving patient outcomes.

ALS training emphasises high-quality CPR and advanced resuscitation techniques. A healthcare professional who is well-trained in ALS can execute effective chest compressions, deliver defibrillation in a timely manner, and administer appropriate medications. These actions have been proven to increase survival rates in cardiac arrest patients.

ALS training also includes education on airway management and the use of advanced airway devices. This training enables healthcare professionals to maintain patient oxygenation and ventilation during a critical event, preventing further complications caused by hypoxia.

ALS training also fosters teamwork and communication. These softer skills are equally critical in emergency situations where cross-functional collaboration is necessary to deliver effective patient care. The confidence and competency gained from ALS training can enhance the patient experience. Patients often feel more assured when their healthcare providers handle emergencies calmly and competently, reducing their anxiety and stress during critical incidents. It equips healthcare professionals with the necessary clinical and communication skills to manage emergencies promptly and effectively, leading to better patient outcomes.

The use of Simulated scenarios for enhanced learning

ALS courses heavily incorporate case studies and simulated scenarios, using them as powerful tools to enhance learning and prepare healthcare professionals for real-life emergencies. Simulated scenarios offer an immersive, hands-on experience, where learners can practice their skills in a controlled, safe environment that closely mirrors real-world situations. The use of manikins, role-play, and high-tech simulation equipment allows trainees to navigate complex medical emergencies, practicing everything from initial patient assessment to the delivery of life-saving interventions.

These simulated case studies offer several benefits. Firstly, they provide an opportunity for experiential learning. Participants can directly apply theoretical knowledge, enhancing their understanding and retention.

They also facilitate the development of critical thinking and decision-making skills. In the heat of a simulated emergency, trainees learn to quickly analyse the situation, make informed decisions, and adjust their strategies based on the patient’s response.

Simulated scenarios offer a platform for practicing teamwork and communication skills. Many emergencies require coordinated efforts from a multidisciplinary team, and simulations allow participants to practice working collaboratively.

Case studies in ALS courses, through the use of simulated scenarios, offer an invaluable learning experience, bridging the gap between theory and practice, and ultimately fostering competent and confident healthcare professionals.

What are the updated regulations in Australia and how does continuous assessment work?

Australia's Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has updated their requirements for General Practitioners (GPs) relocating to Australia. New GPs require Advanced Life Support (ALS) and early management of trauma training completed within 4 years before joining the RACGP's Specialist Recognition Pathway, and CPR training completed within 12 months. Relocating GPs who completed training over 3.5 years ago should consider updating their training. To provide proof of completion, RACGP requires certificates and a signed agreement to provide proof of completion. Booking early is recommended due to limited course availability. In general, most colleges and organisations recognise ALS course certifications as valid for up to 4 years.

Therefore, if you are a medical professional planning to work in Australia, in permanent or locum positions, it is essential to enrol in an advanced life support ALS course early due to limited course availability. By doing so, you’ll set yourself up for more opportunities and also to provide the best advanced medical care in emergency situations.

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Medrecruit Editorial Team
08 February 2023Article by Medrecruit Editorial TeamMedrecruit Editor